May 31, 2015

vSphere Storage Terminologies - NAS


Network-attached Storage (NAS)

"Network-attached storage (NAS) is file-level data storage provided by a computer that is specialized to provide not only the data but also the file system for the data."

  • An NFS client is built into the ESXi host
  • NFS client uses Network File System (NFS) protocol to communicate with the NAS/NFS servers
  • The host requires a standard network adapter
  • vSphere support the NFS v3 and v4.1 over TCP on NAS
  • The datastore format supported on NFS storage is VMFS

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